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Banana Republic Taps Narciso Rodriguez as Its First Designer 'Advisor'

Starting August 20, Narciso Rodriguez will assume a position as Banana Republic's new "advisor." However, the designer's role within the chain is going to be a quieter one than most high profile team-ups. (And very different from his collaboration with Kohl's.) Instead of creating a one-off capsule collection stamped with his name, he'll have a lasting position working behind-the-scenes.

WWD reports that the first range of clothes influenced by Rodriguez will be for Fall 2013, so we'll probably get a first look at them this coming winter. Don't expect to find carbon copies of his namesake line, though. Since all the pieces will still be under the Banana Republic label, they'll integrate everything we love about the company—classic silhouettes, comfortable cuts, affordability—with Narciso's vision. Still, some themes will probably be similar since all of his work has that distinct architectural style. To get a an idea of whats to come, we've found shoppable items from his RTW range that best illustrate what he'll bring to the gig. Click through to buy them now.

photo credit: WWD/Kyle Ericksen

Minimalist Eye

Rodriguez is not a man who likes a lot of fuss. Regardless of his inspiration source or the label he's designing for, his creations are consistently streamlined and frill-free. This could be a great match for Banana Republic's extensive line of work-appropriate suiting.